Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

https://www.arch.tamu.edu/laup/

Head: Galen Newman

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning (LAUP) in the School of Architecture offers degrees in three distinct but related disciplines that take students all the way from working with community residents to envision their future to literally laying the groundwork for new and improved human environments.  It is the only department of its kind in the nation—no place else offers this unique combination of disciplines.

PLAN. Urban planning is “the application of foresight to action,” according to former American Planning Association President Stuart Meck.  Planners work with residents and stakeholders as facilitators and guides to identify a desired future.  Planners apply analytical skills to assess current social, economic, and environmental conditions and identify needed changes to help a community move toward this future. They create tools—policies, programs, or projects—that allow the community to realize its plans.  Planners must be excellent communicators, problem solvers, and spatial thinkers. 

DESIGN.  Landscape architecture is the profession that applies artistic and scientific principles to the research, planning, design and management of both natural and built environments. Landscape architects assess the characteristics of the built and natural environment to design physical solutions that address both existing problems and future needs.  As designers, landscape architects seek solutions that are both functional AND beautiful.  They must understand both the natural and social ecology of the place.  Landscape architecture blends both engineering and creativity to design places that enhance beauty and function and mitigate vulnerabilities and challenges.

DEVELOP. Land developers create building sites and/or the leased or owned space for those sites.  They negotiate between cities, business owners, investors, and financiers to meet the demand for new structures and activities within a community.  Developers must assess location, suitability, and market for particular parcels within a community to determine the appropriate use and cost for new residential, retail, commercial, or industrial development.

Undergraduate degrees include the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and the BS in Urban and Regional Planning. Professional degrees include the Master of Landscape Architecture, the Master of Urban Planning, and the Master in Land and Property Development.  The department also offers a doctorate in Urban and Regional Science.  Combined degrees and articulated degrees (Bachelor + Masters) are available.

Brown, Robert D, Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of Guelph, 1985
MLA, University of Guelph, 1982

Cooper Jr, John T, Associate Professor of the Practice
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

Davis, Deidra, Instructional Assistant Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Southern Illinois University, 2017

Dvorak, Bruce D, Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
MLA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994

Early, Timothy, Associate Professor of the Practice
Land Arch & Urban Planning
MS, Texas A&M University, 1991

Giusti, Cecilia Hundskopf, Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Goddard, Tara B, Assistant Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Portland State University, 2017

Golbabai, Justin, Associate Professor of the Practice
Land Arch & Urban Planning
BA, University of Notre Dame, 2004

Huang, Chang S, Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of Pennsylvania, 1995

Hurst, Kenneth R, Assistant Professor of the Practice
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2016
MLA, University of Oklahoma, 1988

Jourdan, Dawn E, Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
JD, University of Kansas, 2000
PHD, Florida State University, 2004

Lee, Chanam, Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of Washington, 2004

Lee, Ryun Jung, Lecturer
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2018

Lee, Sungmin, Assistant Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2018
MLA, Seoul National University, 2009

Li, Dongying, Assistant Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of Illinois - Champaign, 2016

Li, Wei, Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of California at Irvine, 2011

Martin, June C, Instructional Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
MS, University of Georgia, 2002
MPA, University of Georgia, 1991

Meyer, Michelle Annette, Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Colorado State University, 2013

Ndubisi, Forster O, Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of Waterloo, 1987

Newman, Galen D, Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Clemson University, 2010
MLA, Auburn University, 2006

Noh, Youngre, Instructional Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2015

Peacock, Walter Gillis, Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of Georgia, 1986

Reid, Russell W, Instructional Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
MAR, Texas A&M University, 2001

Ren, Dingding, Lecturer
Land Arch & Urban Planning
MLA, Texas A&M University, 2018

Rising, Hope Hui, Assistant Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of Oregon, 2015
MLA, University of Michigan, 2000

Roberts, Andrea R, Assistant Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016

Rogers, George O, Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of Pittsburgh, 1983

Rumbach, Andrew, Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Cornell University, 2011

Song, Yang, Assistant Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Clemson University, 2017
MLA, Clemson University, 2013

Van Zandt, Shannon S, Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

Winslow, Jane Futrell, Assistant Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
MLA, Kansas State University, 2010

Winslow, William Palmer, Professor Of The Practice
Land Arch & Urban Planning
MLA, University of Michigan, 1982

Woodfin, Thomas, Executive Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2007
MLA, Harvard University, 1981

Wunneburger, Douglas F, Instructional Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1992

Ye, Xinyue, Associate Professor
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2010

Yu, Siyu, Lecturer
Land Arch & Urban Planning
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2019